27
Sep 19

Lachchha paratha with karela leaves (layered paratha with bitter gourd leaf)

One weekend at late night we were planning to trip to second largest city of Japan ‘Yokohama’; generally we carry our lunch because proper vegetarian lunch is not available in Japanese restaurant. In the early morning, we decided to prepare ‘lachchha paratha with bitter gourd leaf’ for lunch.

Bitter gourd leaf was available in our balcony pot; very easily and fast growing creeper in summer at Japan. My husband sows this vegetable by hobby and wants to maintain beautiful greenery; fortunately it grew very healthy creeper; to see that much verdant green and healthy plants leaves, I was planning to prepare paratha since many days.

I prepared lachchha paratha… OMG it came so tasty… there are no words to explain the taste.

When I told this to my son; he told me Mummy, types of recipe you prepare there in Japan, we never thought of…

Bitter gourd leaves have full of medicinal value; it controls the blood sugar level, reduces the risk of cancer, it helps to removes body bacteria, fungal or virus infections.

Paratha is my favorite travelling meal, although there are so many vegetarian options available near eki (station) at Yokohama, but homemade… must try the recipe and write to me…

Ingredients:

  • Aata (wheat flour): 2 cup
  • Dry Aata: ½ cup (for rolling)
  • Bitter gourd leaves: 50 gm
  • Ghee (clarified butter): 2 teaspoon (for moin that is put it into dough itself)
  • Ajwain: ½ teaspoon
  • Fennel seed: ½ teaspoon
  • Kalongi (Nigella seed): ½ teaspoon
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Ghee (clarified butter): 100 gm (to be used during roasting paratha).

Preparation:

  1. Chop bitter gourd leaves, keep aside.
  2. Take a wide vessel; put Aata, chopped bitter gourd leaves, ghee, Ajwain, fennel seed, Kalongi and salt. Mix well by rubbing between palms, add water in small quantity and knead them till the dough becomes soft.
  3.  (The dough can be made in food processor also) Cover and Keep aside, to be used after 10-20 minutes.

Method:

  1. Divide dough into 8-10 parts and make balls; Roll the ball in 5-6 inch diameter circle; place 1 tablespoon of ghee all around the circle, sprinkle little Aata over ghee, make 1/3” wide strips like pleat with the help of two fingers and thumb as shown in photo.
  2. Slightly pull the pleats; again roll it in circular way like Swiss roll as shown in photo. Prepare all as above in advance, so that it will be easy to roll one by one at roasting time
  3. Roll this prepared Swiss roll with greased rolling pin evenly. Now layered (lachchha) raw paratha is ready as shown in photo.

Roasting the paratha:

  1. Take a Tawa (griddle), when it becomes hot; reduce the flame to medium. Place the rolled paratha on this. Cook for few seconds till it changes the color.
  2. Turn the other side and cook it by pressing gently by spatula; apply some ghee and turn it, cook both sides by applying ghee as well as pressing it lightly.
  3. After roasting 2-3 paratha crush the paratha lightly with both hands so that layers of paratha become visible.
  4. Now it is ready to serve; good to prepare lunch box or carry as a travel meal with red chili pickle.
Lachchha paratha with karela leaves (layered paratha with bitter gourd leaf)
Ingredients
chopped leaves
The dough
Divide dough into 8-10 parts
Roll the ball
place 1 tablespoon of ghee
make 1/3” wide strips like pleat
make 1/3” wide strips like pleat
make 1/3” wide strips like pleat
Slightly pull the pleats
roll it in circular way like Swiss roll
roll it in circular way like Swiss roll
prepared Swiss roll
roll with greased rolling pin
raw paratha is ready
Place the rolled paratha
Turn the other side
apply some ghee
cook both sides by applying ghee
crush the paratha lightly
layers of paratha
layers of paratha
Lachchha paratha with karela leaves (layered paratha with bitter gourd leaf)
Lachchha paratha with karela leaves (layered paratha with bitter gourd leaf)
Lachchha paratha with karela leaves (layered paratha with bitter gourd leaf)
Lachchha paratha with karela leaves (layered paratha with bitter gourd leaf)
Lachchha paratha with karela leaves (layered paratha with bitter gourd leaf)

25
Sep 19

Pumpkin Poori

Some meals stay with you for long after you had it; soft, fluffy and delicious with mild spices, prepare this ‘Pumpkin Poori’ and enjoy the cooking as well as fill the hunger of your family and friends…you will see an extraordinary atmosphere at dining table while people enjoying the recipe…

Mostly I serve piping hot, fluffy Poori as brunch on weekend; but it may be served in breakfast as well as in meal.

You can serve this recipe with Chana masala, Bhaji (Sabji), Halwa, kheer

It can be served as a variation on ceremonial function, special function or as a prasadam at the prayer time.

Ingredients:

  • Aatta (wheat flour): 250 gm
  • Pumpkin: 150-200 gm.
  • Kalongi (Nigella seed): ½ teaspoon
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Chili powder: ½ teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Ghee (clarified butter): 1 tablespoon
  • Cooking oil: for deep frying

Preparation:

  1. Peel off skin of pumpkin, chop and boil (Microwave) as photo.
  2. Take a wide vessel; pour Aatta, ghee, chili powder, Kalongi and salt, mix well, add boiled pumpkin and knead them to make soft dough. (The dough can be made in food processor also).
  3. Cover and keep aside, to be used after 10-20 minutes.

Method:

  1. Divide dough into 12-15 parts and make balls, roll the ball in 3-4 inch diameter circle.
  2. Heat oil in a fry pan on maximum flame (to check if oil is ready or not, put a little piece of dough in the oil it should come up slowly, if it does not comes up, means oil is not hot enough, wait for a while and check it again.
  3. Deep fry the Poori on high flame. After they start to puff slowly turn over. Fry till it becomes golden brown.
  4. Now, mouth watering pumpkin Poori is ready to eat with sabji and lauki (bottle gourd) raita.
Pumpkin Poori
ingredients
add boiled pumpkin
The dough
Deep fry the Poori
Deep fry the Poori
Deep fry the Poori
Deep fry the Poori
Pumpkin Poori
Pumpkin Poori
Pumpkin Poori

17
Sep 19

Avocado Sandwich

An Avocado rich sandwich is very delicious, exciting and appetizing can to be served in everyday breakfast. It is quite different from regular sandwich with its amazing properties.

Very good for carrying Tiffin as a travel food; if you have plan of early morning outing, just prepare it in previous night, I usually prepare this with English muffins for travelling purpose as well as for regular breakfast.

I would like to say this creamy, smooth, soft and thick avocado sandwich is perfect for any type of bread and can be prepared quickly.

Ingredients:

  • Avocado: 1 no.
  • Salt: ½ teaspoon
  • Black pepper powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Red chili flacks (kuti): ½ teaspoon (optional)
  • English muffins/Sandwich bread: 2-4 slice
  • Butter: 30 gm

Preparation:

  1. Cut the avocado into two halves: discard the seed, scoop out the pulp with help of spoon, (before scooping keeps few beautiful slices for garnishing). Keep aside.
  2. Put the pulp, butter, salt and pepper, and blend it till fine paste. Keep aside.

Method:

  1. Toast/Grill the sandwich bread from both sides, spread prepared blended paste on the toast, garnish with sliced avocado and Red chili flacks; sandwich is ready to serve.
  2. Slice the English muffin horizontally make it into two; Toast/Grill the bread from both sides, spread prepared blended paste on the one part of toasted bread, garnish with sliced avocado and red chili flacks, put another part over it; sandwich is ready to serve. Fold it into cooking sheet and Tiffin is ready for travelling.
  3. Yummy and healthy…
Avocado Sandwich
Adding salt and pepper
Adding salt and pepper
blended fine paste
Toast/Grill the sandwich bread from both sides
spread prepared blended paste on the toast
Avocado Sandwich
garnish with Avocado Slices
Avocado Sandwich
spread prepared blended paste on the toast

10
Sep 19

Rice paper rolls with mix vegetable

 The rice paper roll/wrap is ideal for starter or afternoon tea, when you feel slightly hungry; you may deep fry, grill or serve directly as you like.

You might have had this type of rolls as starters in the restaurants, but this is something different. Here I used exotic vegetables and Japanese rice; the recipe will surly satisfy you, your family and friends.

Ingredients:

  • Rice paper: 6-8 no. (Available in departmental store)
  • Cooked Japanese rice: 1 cup
  • Mushroom (chopped): 2 tablespoon
  • Paneer (cottage cheese): 50 gm
  • Carrot (chopped): 2 tablespoon
  • Peas fresh/frozen: 2 tablespoon
  • Onion (chopped): 1 tablespoon
  • Spring onion (chopped): 2-3 tablespoon
  • Corn fresh/frozen: 2 table spoon
  • Broccoli (chopped): 2 tablespoon
  • Ginger (chopped): 1 teaspoon
  • Tomato (chopped): 1 no. (Medium)
  • Olive oil/Cooking oil: 2 tablespoon
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Turmeric power: ½ teaspoon
  • Chili powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Coriander powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Garam masala powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Cumin: ¼ teaspoon
  • Olive oil/ cooking oil: 2 tablespoon
  • Olive oil/ cooking oil: for deep frying

Preparation:

  1. Take fry pan, put oil to heat add cumin; let it sputter for few seconds add ginger and carrot stir-fry for a minute on high flame. Add mushroom and broccoli, stir-fry for one minutes on high flame.
  2. Add onion and spring onion, continue to stir-fry for one minutes on high flame, add peas and corn, and stir-fry for couple of minutes on high flame.
  3. Add tomato, salt, turmeric powder, coriander powder and chili powder continue to fry for about couple of minutes; add paneer and cooked rice, cook for a minute, Put off the flame.
  4. The stuffing is ready after adding Garam masala powder, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Keep ready a bowl filled with water, slide one rice paper into the filled water bowl for about 30 seconds: take out and place and spread on the chopping board/plate. Put two tablespoon of stuffing on it and fold it from lower side of the rice paper carefully as shown in the photo then fold from both left and right side as shown in the photo and further fold it as shown in photo.
  2. Now the roll is ready to deep fry, grill or serve directly, keep aside.

Frying/grilling

  1. Take wok/fry pan heat oil in it, let oil to smoke. Put prepared roll into the oil and deep fry until golden color. Yummy ‘Rice paper rolls with mix vegetable’ is ready.
  2. You may grill the prepared roll or may serve just as it is.
  3.  Serve with dip or ketchup.

Note:

  1. You may use your choice of vegetables.
  2. You may prepare in advance, wrap the roll in cooking sheet and keep it in refrigerator.
Rice paper rolls with mix vegetable
Ingredients
add cumin
add ginger and carrot
Add mushroom and broccoli
Add onion and spring onion
add peas and corn
Add tomato
add paneer
add paneer and cooked rice
stuffing is ready
slide one rice paper into the filled water bowl
slide one rice paper into the filled water bowl
Put two tablespoon of stuffing
fold it from lower side
fold from both left and right
further fold
further fold
Now the roll is ready
deep fry
deep fry
Rice paper rolls with mix vegetable
Rice paper rolls with mix vegetable
Rice paper rolls with mix vegetable
Rice paper rolls with mix vegetable (grilled)

08
Sep 19

Aaloo ka chila/cheela (potato crepe)

On the eve of Navratri fasting days People prepare this ‘Aaloo ka chila/cheela (potato crepe) recipe, it is very popular in northern India. It is really delightful with a glass of orange juice and some seasonal fruits.

I prepare this recipe sometimes as a breakfast and add grated cheese and chili powder, the cheese goes very well with potatoes. You will be overwhelmed as all of us love cheese and potato.

Ingredients:

  • Potatoes: 300 gm.
  • Cheese: 50 gm. (optional)
  • Salt: ½ teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Red chili powder: (optional)
  • Cooking oil/butter: for roasting

Preparation:

  1. Wash and clean potatoes and boil them, about 90 % cooked: peel off and grate, add salt keep aside.
  2. Grate cheese and keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take a non stick pan; apply one spoon of butter, grease all on it. Spread the grated potatoes mixture, press them with spatula and set the edges properly, so that it gets smooth texture at the edge, as shown in photo.  
  2. Let it cook about 5-6 minutes on low flame with lid on: when it gets slightly golden in color, flip it upside down with the help of plate (put plate on the cheela and reverse the fry pan, so that chila come out on the plate again put the cheela upside down on fry pan, shown in the photo, if size of the cheela is small, flipping upside down can be done by spatula also).
  3. Sprinkle grated cheese and chili powder on the top, cover and cook another side until cheese melt and get golden color (about 5-6 minutes).
  4. Transfer into serving plate, serve hot ‘Aaloo ka cheela’ may be served along with pumpkin sabji, chopped fruits and fresh juices for fasting days and serve with  chutney or tomato ketchup on normal days.
Aaloo ka chila/cheela (potato crepe)
Ingredients
grate, add salt
Spread the grated potatoes mixture
press them with spatula
flip it upside down with the help of plate
reverse the fry pan
cheela upside down on fry pan
cheela upside down on fry pan
Sprinkle grated cheese and chili powder
Aaloo ka chila/cheela (potato crepe)
Aaloo ka chila/cheela (potato crepe)
Aaloo ka chila/cheela (potato crepe)